Crunch Report | Uber Responds to iPhone Tracking Report

Crunch Report April 24 Today’s Stories  Uber responds to report that it tracked devices after its app was deleted LinkedIn hits 500M member milestone for its social network for the working world Amazon’s driverless tech team focuses not on building it, but on how to use it DJI’s new FPV goggles let you control your drone with head movements The NYT brings its news – and a mini crossword… Read More

VideoBlocks launches stock photo marketplace that gives photographers 100% commissions

VideoBlocks, a subscription-based provider of royalty-free stock media, announced the launch of its artist-friendly stock photo marketplace. Artists who contribute photos will receive 100 percent commission from sales of their photos on the marketplace. The Reston, Va.-based company hopes to disrupt a market where stock photo prices have dropped while commissions have been cut. VideoBlocks […]

Google adds TV inventory to DoubleClick Bid Manager so advertisers can measure video campaigns across linear and digital

With viewing habits shifting from the living room environment to multiple online platforms spread throughout the house and elsewhere, broadcasters and advertisers face a unique set of challenges in their efforts to capture consumers’ attention across screens. In recognition of this hurdle, Google is now adding traditional TV inventory to its DoubleClick Bid Manager platform in the […]

Netflix to raise $1 billion through debt offering to fund new content and other ‘strategic transactions’

Netflix has announced that it intends to raise $1 billion via a senior note debt offering for “general corporate purposes,” which includes “content acquisitions, capital expenditures, investments, working capital and potential acquisitions and strategic transactions,” according to a statement issued by the company. The news comes six months to the day after Netflix announced an […]

Accenture: Preference for watching TV shows on televisions plummets from 52% to 23% as PCs take over

The percentage of people who prefer watching TV shows on televisions plummeted 55 percent from 52 percent to 23 percent in the past year, according a survey by Accenture. Laptops and desktops have overtaken TVs as the preferred devices for watching TV shows, according to Accenture’s 2017 Digital Consumer Survey. That’s an astounding change in sentiment in […]

The reality of M&A for augmented and virtual reality

Despite Facebook’s blockbuster $3 billion Oculus acquisition in 2014, augmented and virtual reality has been too early stage for large scale mergers and acquisitions (M&A) so far. But that’s set to change in the next year to 18 months, so let’s look at what could drive M&A deals going forward. Where Digi-Capital’s Augmented/Virtual Reality Report […]

Books and roses

 Anyone who thinks paper books are dead has never been in a Barcelona bookshop the day before Sant Jordi. The Patron Saint festival is Catalunya’s equivalent of Valentine’s day. But as well as giving long-stemmed red roses people give books. Lots and lots of books. Some €20 million worth of books are sold (gifted) on the day itself. Read More

How to make Twitter profitable

 Twitter has evolved dramatically since its founding. What the founders fully envisioned we cannot know. Nonetheless, there is one thing we do know: Many business entities have millions of followers and communicate with these followers using Twitter. This is free advertising, no ifs, ands or buts. So, here’s a proposal to radically change the economics of Twitter. Read More